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Does Female Leadership Boost Firm Profitability?


  • Kotiranta, Annu
  • Kovalainen, Anne
  • Rouvinen, Petri


Less than a tenth of Finnish firms CEOs and chairmen of the board are women; less than a fourth of Finnish firms board members are women. An empirical regression analysis of a large firm-level data set suggests that a company led by a women CEO is on average about ten per cent more profitable than a corresponding company led by a man, even after taking into account a number other factors (such as firm size and industry) possibly affecting profitability. The share of woman board members also has a similar impact. The effect of the chairmans gender is statistically insignificant. These findings are partial correlations; due to data limitations neither causality nor underlying factors are studied

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  • Kotiranta, Annu & Kovalainen, Anne & Rouvinen, Petri, 2007. "Does Female Leadership Boost Firm Profitability?," Discussion Papers 1110, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1110

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    1. Simon Ho & Annie Li & Kinsun Tam & Feida Zhang, 2015. "CEO Gender, Ethical Leadership, and Accounting Conservatism," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 127(2), pages 351-370, March.

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    gender; equality; discrimination; firm; profitability; corporate governance;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions

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